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, and request funding to treat mental illness as well as funding to enhance school safety. already the nra is on the attack before it's even seen the plan. the group released this ad which paints obama as an elitist hypocrite. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? mr. obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he's just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security. protection for their kids and gun free zones for ours. >> it's a tough ad. dan lothian is at the white house. but i understand the president is fighting back with his own pr strategy because when he makes his big announcement he'll be surrounded by children who wrote letters to him begging for gun control. >> reporter: that's right. you know, we see the white house do this in the past, usually it's around a fiscal fight where the president's putting pressure on congress he'll be surrounded by families from across the country. well, in fact, the
be relief in sight. >>> clashing over gun violence. vice president biden meets with the nra, doesn't go so well. what does it mean for efforts to prevent gun violence? the cost of flu outbreak from you calling in sick and maybe worse, from all of you who aren't. what it's costing us. >>> tornadoes touch down in louisiana, water levels keep rising and more rain on the way. >>> a packed show for you this morning. talk to cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta, dr. anthony fauci, from the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases. former new mexico give nor bill richardson, illinois congresswoman january, and t-boz will be joining us. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our starting point is kind of gross. the flu. a nasty strain running rampant across the country. thousands hospitalized and dozens of people have died. in just a few hours, the cdc will release new numbers on how widespread the flu is. cnn's medical unit got an early look and one expert says we're at epidemic levels. dr. sanjay gupta is in atlanta. what are you expecting to hear? >>
't behind the violence. the nra step ahead way from discussions and said they were in attack of second amendment. dan lothian has been following developments for us this morning. sol folks said they see some consensus in some areas. when you listen to what the nra said, they sounded very disappointed with the meetings. >> that's right. we sort of expect thad coming in. it wasn't a very big, bold expectation from the nra, saying they were coming to simply listen to what the administration had to put out there. the vice president did talk about some things floating to the top. not recommendations that come from him, but recommendations he said coming from all the various groups he has been meeting with. at the top of the list is a total universal background check, including private sales of guns, second on that list, a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and also talked about the need for the federal government to get more research. get their hands on more information that he believes will prevent more gun violence in the future. pushback from the nra saying that they were troubled by
, but the nra objected. we wanted to ask them why, but they declined to come on "360." we're joined by peter from the "post" who has been reporting the story. as a doctor and a journalist, i was surprised to read about the provisions in the affordable care act. you have been investigating this for a while. how did it get into the bill specifically? what did you discover about that? >> the nra, as you know, is a powerful organization on capitol hill. they spent a lot of money on lobbying, and they did lobby congress and the senate specifically in the final days of the health care debate back in 2010, and they got the provision added. it's not a very long provision, but they got it added on the senate floor at the end. it was senator reid, harry reid, the majority leader, who put it in. >> i have read this recently again. it doesn't outright forbid, as far as i can tell, a doctor or prevention program from asking a patient if they own a firearm, but it does say they can't write it down, they can't provideidaty to agencies for research purposes, and you say that has been the nra's focus since t
.r. offensive, so is the national rifle association. politico reporting today the nra is unleashing an army of lobbyists on washington and have you seen this? the nra hitting the president squarely with a new ad spotlighting his own daughters. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools? when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school. >> putting out an ad talking about the president's daughters? >> they are out of step, out of the mainstream, totally out of sync with what's going on in our society and quite frankly, after seeing that, i think some of the people that run that thing are sick. >> joining me now, congressman james clyburn, who serves as assistant democratic leader. sir, good to have you here. first i just want to get your reaction. you have seen that nra ad. what's your reaction? >> first of all, thomas, thank you so much for having me. that is way over the top. i was just taken aback when i heard that this morning. i have no idea who is making the decisions regarding this group. they r
and cowardly. that's for you to decide. it's clear, though, highlighting nra intransigence is part of the political strategy. the new cnn/"time" magazine poll hints at why momentum for change may be starting to fade. 56% now favor an assault weapons ban, compared to 62% immediately avenue town. 58% support a ban on extended magazines. last month that was 62%. however, expanded background checks remains very popular with 87% supporting checks on gun show purchases. we'll have more on the politics shortly. but first, the personal. two takes on what happened at the white house today. alexy haller, the uncle of noah pozner. along with colin goddard. colin was shot four times in a classroom at virginia tech. i was wondering what your reaction was to what you heard. >> based on what we heard before the announcement when the families met with the president and the vice president and during the announcement itself, i was satisfied and pleased to see that the administration is treating this so seriously. and i think the strong sense i got was that they were determined to make a major change
control debate heats up, price -- vice- president joe biden said to meet with nra leaders today. this is just one of many groups the vice president is meeting with as he heads to the task force to deliver a gun control recommendations for the white house. the nra has made its position clear, no new gun laws. joe biden says no matter what the white house is looking to take action. >> the president is going to act. there is executive action that can be taken. >> other groups are getting in on the debate as well. wal-mart originally declined to join the talks with vice- president joe biden. now it will bring ideas to the table. the task force will submit recommendations to president obama by the end of january. >> virginia voters team to support ideas by joe biden and nra. over 92 percent support my aunt -- mandatory background checks. 62 percent saying people owning assault weapons make the nation at more dangerous. 66 percent support placing armed guards in school and have said they protect from crime. >> congressman from northern virginia met to discuss moving fbi headquarters o
. >>> also, the president of the nra is here in "the situation room." we're getting his reaction to the sweeping proposals against gun violence. and the presidential inauguration only five days away. we'll take you inside the law enforcement command center working to keep him safe. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> this is cnn breaking news. >> let's get to the breaking news. a deadly terrorist attack on a gas field in eastern algeria near the libyan border. some of the more than 40 hostages seized have been released but a number of them are still being held, including americans. the state department confirms those americans are affiliated with the oil giant bp. let's bring in elise labott. the latest information you're getting is what? >> well, at first these assailants, these affiliated-al qaeda militants tried to storm a bus, these bp employees headed for an air field in nearby eastern algeria, that was not successful. then they stormed the compound of this living -- the living quarters of this air field and they took about 40 hostages. we understand that a
member team returned to ohi to inspect a trench the nra had ordered plant operator kansai electric to double the length of the trench after the first onsite inspection in november. crews dug it to 100 meters. representatives of the nuclear watchdog say they will ask kansai electric to shut down the plant if inspectors conclude an active fault runs underneath it. kansai electric executives insist land slips and not a fault caused the fissures below ohi. >> translator: we'll carefully analyze what we saw today. it won't be an easy task determining what it is. >> the team of experts will be back at the plant on saturday. then they will meet early next year to produce an assessment based on the results of their inspection. >>> nra experts are checking the ground beneath a number of power plants in this earthquake prone country. their reports on some of them could keep the facilities off line for the future or forever. nra teams say they found one active fault under sturuga nuclear compound. and another fracture intersects with it under reactor two. they revealed their assessment of hig
, colorado, and awful testimony coming out of that all week. if you are reporting this as well, that the nra has been invited to meet with the biden task force, so that joe biden and his group reaching out to try to at least touch base with, of course, the most vigorous and best organized opponents of any kind of gun lobby. >> it would be shock if anything they didn't. they're not going to have a chance if there isn't an effort to reach out the nra and see if there is any possibility of common ground, and if there's not, there's not. i'm struck by what could be different. during the whole assault weapons ban, yes, there is always in some of the things that victims -- that the victim families can get involved in a way that can move political debate, but it was still, i would argue, still sort of a political debate that wasn't personal. the newtown families, gabby giffords and mark kelly, folks in aurora, i -- you know, the power of these victims' families that could have on this political debate don't underestimate them. >> i know he was a hero to both of you. first to you. chuck todd, this i
's clear the proposals from the task force will be running head on into the nra. >> we know that it is -- there is no silver bullet. >> with vice president biden's task force the focus is starting to turn to what, if anything, can get passed with a congress in gridlock. but republican senator chuck grassley sounded positive about restricting high powered gun magazines and requiring background checks. >> i think we have to do things to make sure the database of the fbi has all of the information so people can't buy guns that shouldn't have guns. >> the vice president laid out some of the ideas emerging from his task force on thursday but did not mention a new assault weapons ban stirring speculation that the white house is dropping the proposal but the white house says that's not so. an administration spokesman told cnn avoiding this issue because it's been politically difficult in the past is not an option. that's despite what will be fierce opposition from the nation's top gun lobby, the national rifle association. >> i do not think there's going to be a ban on assault weap
on members of his own party. the n.r.a. is 60% of everybody in congress and a lot of democrats got money from the n.r.a. >> megyn: and harry reid was suggesting yesterday that they don't have the votes in the senate, that this legislation would have to start in senate and he doesn't have the votes. he has the majority, the democrats do and if he doesn't have the votes, chris, this legislation isn't going anywhere. how much of today's proceedings were for the benefit of those democrats who may not be on board with the president's plan right now? >> harry reid, joe manchin from west virginia, bob casey from pennsylvania. the aim for the president now is to find these n.r.a.-backed democrats and squeeze them and put the pressure on and say, are you uncomfortable when i bring little children up here to talk about schoolplace shootings? i can do it in your state or where you live and i can come and keep the pressure on you, until you agree to do some kind of a gun ban and get on board. remember this, megyn, you hit it right on the head, if the president can't get legislation out of the senate, he
of the n.r.a. as he spoke to reporters following the shooting in newtown, connecticut, which he says should be a broad solution. [video clip] >> is the press and political class here in washington, d.c. so consumed by fear and hatred of the n.r.a. and american gun owners that you are willing to accept a world where real resistance to evil monsters is alone, unarmed, school principal left to surrender her life -- her life -- to shield children in her care? no one, regardless of personal, political project dis, -- prejudice, has the right to impose that sacrifice. ladies and gentlemen, there's no national one size fits all solution to protecting our childr children. but do know this president zeroed out school of urgency planning grants in last year's bucket and scrapped secure our schools policing grants in next year's budget. with all of the foreign aid the united states does, with all the money in the federal budget, can't we afford to put a police officer in every single school? even if they did that, politicians have no business and no authority denying us the raoeigh right, ability an
. the issue is not going away. i'll talk to the connecticut senator who says this. >> the fact is that the nra does not represent gun owners anymore. this is not your father's nra. >> and the irepressible hoda cuteeb. >> we're giving alcohol on the show. >> this is "piers morgan tonight." >> good evening. we begin with the big breaking news tonight. if you love armstrong, this is the moment you spent years and millions of dollars trying to avoid. the minute you admit to the world, you cheated, you doped, and you cheated and you doped. it's a story for the seven-time tour de france winner that has been played out live in the spotlight as he tells his story to oprah winfrey. watching the interview is a sports columnist for usa today and also he wrote september's cover story, i still believe in lance armstrong. and page, a criminal defense and constitutional attorney. i'll also talk to a man who knows the toll of a different kind of cheating. former governor mark sanford is back and he's here. we begin with lance armstrong. i'm going to start with you. this breaks your heart. i remember when you
anything about the nra or will your efforts simply to be resist resist resist? >> well we're very interested in answering the question of how do we make schools safer for our children. as you know from the very beginning after this happened we've argued that we need two things, one, we need to get at the root of the problem, which is the broken and devastatingly broken mental health care system we have in this country because most of these people all of them in fact are people with severe mental problems. secondly we need to provide security, because we can never predict how one of these people is going to act. most of the proposals that have to do with firearms are simply feel-good proposals that have been tried in the past and won't work or won't have any real impact. the real question that needs to be addressed is not what do we do about guns it's what do we do to make our children safe. >> david, we have a new cbs news/"new york times" poll out this morning that shows 85% of nra households support background checks on all gun buyers. are you out of tou
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. president obama's proposals to curb gun violence are already being met with enormous opposition from the nra. the nra did not wait for president obama's announcement. overnight, the powerful gun lobby launched a preemptive strike, releasing a provocative video attacking the president's character. >> he's just another elitist hypocrite. >> reporter: the video points out that mr. obama's children have armed protection in school. and asks -- >> why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools? >> reporter: president obama will have to overcome nra opposition and convince congress to pass his measures to curb gun violence. when mr. obama unveils his proposals today, he'll do so flanked by children who wrote letters expressing concern about gun violence. the president will call on congress to ban military-style assault weapons, limit the number of bullets allowed in a magazine clip, and require background checks on nearly every gun purchase. mr. obama will also take action without congress by executive order. new york state, acted even before the federal government, putting in plac
to proposal and who is expected to fight him. i can think of three initials. >> three initials, indeed: n.r.a. the preliminary to curb gun violence is being melt -- met with enormous opposition from the n.r.a. who did not wait for the announcement. the gun lobby launched a strike releasing a provocative video attacking the president's character. >> just another elite it hypocrite pointing out that his children have armed protection in school and asks, why is he skeptical of putting arm security in our schools? >> president obama will have to overcome n.r.a. opposition and convince congress to pass the measures to curb gun violence when he unveils the proposals today he will do so franked -- flanked by children who are concerned. he will call on congress to ban military astyle assault weapons and limit the number of bullets allowed and require background checks on every gun purchase and will also take action without congress by executive order. new york state acted before the federal government putting in place the toughest gun criminal laws in the nation. >> this is a comprehensive bill that
to be the only one on the list when it came to gaming for hollywood. tatics aim at the nra wayne lapierre but the outcome is so gory we are not showing it to you. considering how violence can be. >> i will ask them to study best ways to reduce it. congress should fund research in the effects of the violent video game have on young minds. >> that was the president's only proposal to check the bloody onslaught that comes year in and year out from hollywood and gaming industry. >> we were told we'd have a grand national dialogue about the roots of violence in the society. it looks like the entertainment industry is getting off flight. most of the people are huge backers politically. it would be very much within his bailiwick to call on them be responsible with the material they produce and distribute. he failed to do that. >> we agree that the entertainment and video game industries have responsibility to give parents tools and choices. they added -- >> quentin tarantino said shakespeare faced similar criticism. one of the lowly conservatives in tinseltown says the fault are not lying with t
of the people with mental illness. >> the nra issued a statement inpanse to the president -- in response to the president's initiative. the nra will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and prosecuting violent criminals. attacking fire arms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. only honest law-abiding gun owners will be effected and our children will remain vulnerable. the nra is creating a stir today with a video that adds the president's dotters to the debate -- daughters to the debate. this doesn't show his daughters but it accuses president obama of being a hypocrite because he opposes the use of armed guards at schools while his daughters are protected by armed guards. the white house said the add is cowardly. >>> a bill to protect the privacy of people with concealed weapons permits. it allows the names of the holders to be publicly disclosed but not their phones or addresses. police would still have full access to the information. >>> for more reaction to the new gun proposals we went to a gun range and ktvu's john sasaki is there ton
president's panel, but today the n.r.a. described its opposition to this new plan as the "fight of the century." bill plante sat down today with the president of the n.r.a., david keene. >> reporter: you're against the ban on these so-called assault weapons because you don't believe that they're used in that many crimes. >> well, they're not. they're not used in very many crimes, and all the statistics show that. anybody who dies from any reason at the hands of a criminal or somebody who is insane-- or in an accident, for that matter-- is a tragedy. nobody is saying it isn't. but what i am saying is, banning these firearms is not going to accomplish very much. >> reporter: what about the ammunition magazines? the white house proposes limiting ammunition magazines to no more than ten rounds. >> you know, that sounds good. they did it last time they had an assault weapons ban. and, you know, in fact, there have been studies of how many cartridges are used in the average violent crime, and it's about three. >> reporter: what the white house is suggesting is that if the high-capacit
. they had this to say in "usa today" "we saw from the nra leadership's defiant and unsympathetic response to the newtown, connecticut, massacre that winning even the most common sense reform also require a fight." david mattingly is here with a closer look. one of the most striking things is gabrielle giffords has some clout. >> that's right. >> the question is how much clout, right? >> she is taking this fight directly to her former colleagues and she's not softening the language at all, making it clear what her intent is here, she launched a website this morning called americansforresponsiblesolutions , the intent will encourage elected officials to prevent gun violence and communicate directly with the constituents. very strong language and an op-ed in the u"usa today" she goes after the gun lobby saying special interests purporting to represent gun owners but really advancing the interests of an ideological fringe have used big money and influence to cow congress into submission, rather than working to find the balance between our rights and the regulation of a dangerous product. she
takes on the nra over the latest ad campaign. interesting words from the new jersey governor. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. 31 minutes past the hour. the past comes back to haunt lance armstrong, admitting he doped after years of denying it. in last night's no holds barred interview, he came clean, saying doped to win each of his seven tour de france titles, but at the time he didn't consider it cheating. >> i had this exercise -- i kept hearing, you know -- >> that you were a cheat. >> i'm a cheat, i'm a cheater. and i looked up the definition of cheat. >> yes. >> and the definition to cheat is to gain advantage on a rival or foe. i didn't feel it that way. i viewed it as a level playing field. >> george howell in armstrong's home city of austin, texas. i got to tell you, looking up the word cheating and the way he described it, a lot of people had a problem with that. he described denial after denial as one big lie. >> reporter: zoraida, it was fascinating to listen to the interview, to listen to a person so many people have looked up t
-gun states, support for any gun control would immediately put them in the nra's political crosshairs, an organization always looking for new ways to advocate gun rights, like this new app on itunes, a 3-d target practice starting at age 4. >> i don't think this administration's ideas on gun control are the right steps forward. >> reporter: gardener is one of many republicans who will oppose virtually everything the president proposes, even strengthening background checks. is anything that the president will announce with regard to gun control measures likely to pass legislatively? >> i hope that we can work with the president on issues that concern mental health. >> reporter: but what about gun control? >> i don't think gun control is the right direction and i don't believe most of my colleagues would disagree with gun control measures. >> reporter: now, as for the nra, joe, they are not saying anything informally or formerly. another thing that cnn's deidra walsh learned is that the nra is going to have a meeting next week with democratic members of the gun task force put together a
and membership in the national rifle association is surging as a result. they also lowered their prices. the nra touting some 250,000 new members have joined, vowing to fight the president's plan too. they say their second amendment rights are under attack. dan lothian following all of those developments for us this morning. good morning. >> good morning, soledad. the white house sees this package that the president will be rolling out, as a comprehensive way to try to curb gun violence, the president will be doing something we've seen in the past. when he is trying to get something through congress, he involves the public. when he makes the announcement later on this morning, he will be surrounded by young kids. these are kids who wrote intimate letters to the president after the connecticut shootings. that in itself is also under attack. getting criticism that the president is using kids as props as he pushes this policy. that, though, will be the back drop as the president lays out what sources say will be the comprehensive package, focused on an assault weapons ban and pressing for a ban on
association reportedly surging. the nra is touting some 250,000 new members and vowing to fight the president's plan saying their second amendment rights are under attack. dan lothian is following all these developments in washington. what's the latest? >> the white house sees these recommendations as a way to hopefully curb gun violence and some of these things the president has backed before such as a ban on assault weapons. the president shortly after the connecticut shootings came out in support of that. so that's expected to be in the president's plan. also pressing for a ban on those high capacity magazines with more than ten rounds. that's the important note here. the aim here is to cut down on the ability of a gunman to go in and release up to 30 rounds in a short period of time. in addition, the president will be pushing for universal background checks so that everyone who buys aunder questi goes a criminal or mental health check. in addition the president wants to request funds be available for mental health illnesst to make sure there's money there for those things to be treated an
and that will not be an easy feat, especially with the nra prodding supporters in congress. we'll tang a look at the nra -- take a look at the nra's new ad tackling president obama's gun proposals when i see you next. >> and ktvu will bring you live coverage. he's scheduled to make that announcement at 8:55 this morning our time. ktvu will be streaming the president's remarks live at ktvu.com. >>> it is 7:18. people in the bay area are getting hit hard by one of the worse flu seasons to date. the california pacific medical center in san francisco says it is reporting four times more patients this flu season than it has seen in the past two years. they say most of the cases are adults whereas other parts of the country are seeing cases among children. they add they still have a good supply of the flu vaccine. >>> santa rosa memorial hospital says a two-day nurses' strike did not interrupt services to patients. the nurses walked out at 5:00 a.m. a.m. monday morning and the strike ended an hour ago. the labor dispute involves working conditions and higher pay. santa rosa memorial says it contracted with re
an appearance before a u.s. house committee nutter slammed the nra for this ad that criticizes the president for not wanting to put armed guards in schools while his own daughters get secret service protection. mayor nutter joins me now from washington. welcome, mr. mayor. >> good morning, carol, how are you? >> what did you object to in that nra ad? >> for those of us in the political business, generally it's been pretty much an unwritten but understood rule that family and children are out of bounds, that you don't attack someone's family, if you want to attack the candidate or the elected official, certainly that's your prerogative but generally family has been considered off limits, and that doesn't add anything to legitimate dialogue that really needs to take place on the issues of public safety and gun regulations. >> although some people are also criticizing president obama for surrounding himself with children, when he held his news conference on his gun control plans yesterday. should children be used in that instance? >> i don't think those children were "used." they were there at
being met with enormous resistance by the n.r.a. >> the n.r.a. did not wait for president obama's announcement. the powerful gun lobby launched a strike releasing a video attacking the president's character. >> he is just another elite it hypocrite. it points out that his children have armed protection in school and asks, why is he skeptical about armed security? >> president obama will have to overcome the opposition and convince congress to pass the measures to curb gun violence. when he unveils the proposals he will do with children who wrote letters expressing concern about gun violence. the president will call on congress to ban military style assault weapons, limit the number of bullets allowed and require background checks on every gun purchased. he will also take action without congress by executive order. new york state acted before the federal government putting in place the toughest gun control laws in the nation. >> this is a comprehensive bill that addresses the full spectrum of issues that come up. >> the fork -- new york law would require mental health professiona
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. now the nra likely to oppose those. they have already said in response to new york's law that tougher laws do not reduce crime or produce safety. in addition to the laws regarding background checks, the president's also expected to talk about mental health and video games as part of this comprehensive package he'll announce later this morning. >> tracie potts, thanks so much. >>> in the face of gun control reform, the nra is fighting back. a new web ad on the stand and fight website calls the president "an elitist hypocrite." here's the whole thing. take a look. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? he is just another elite it hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security. protection for their kids and gun free zones for ours. >> so what do you think of this ad? we want to know. tweet us @first lookmsnbc. >>> chuck hagel may be getting closer to win confirmation of secretary of defense. he won the backing of two of the senate's stron
. >> reporter: the white house had no reaction to this nra accusation. and the coming gun control fight the white house expects very intense resistance on capitol hill to a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban and limiting the weapon magazines and the president will fight both but nd the biggest on fight is putting nk y gun sales under backglownd checks.ates >>> the leading "time" magazine cover shows michael bloomberg, vice president joe biden and former congressman gabrielle giffords who survived a shooting two years ago. for more on the politics john for more dickerson joins us now, john good mor good morning. >> good morning. >> let's start first with this new nra ad which criticizes the president as an elite ihypocrite crit and brings the president's daughters into the fight.the fight. is this getting personal? >> well it's already been pretty personal, but, yes, this is -- this is a very incendiary i message to the nra members and also, though, it's trying to expand charges against the president. in other words, this video that the the nra's put out makes a
leader, has long been a big supporter of the nra and they have returned the favor politically to him. that is one of the reasons he won re-election in difficulty fashion in 2010. now in 2014 other democratic senators in swing states who are up. jon: up for re-election. >> that's right. jon: if they cast a vote that is seen to be against the interests of firearms owners, hunters and the like, they could be in real trouble? >> guns and nra are both very popular in states like alaska and montana and arkansas and south dakota where there's a hunting culture, and, those senators like mark begich in alaska, will he actually vote for a gun ban? that i think is very problematic for the president. you're hearing some of these democrats, either noncommittal and saying i think this goes too far. jon: i was a little surprised when i heard about the executive actions the president was taking. it didn't seem to amount to, you know, large steps? >> no, i think that's right. they were pretty small things. a couple of things that might make a difference are on mental health, particularly easing priva
that the nra gutted all the most of laws. they dismantled any type of law that we've had. they can changed the law so they could continue during the ban to make assault weapons by making stylistic changes to the guns. what we need.... >> they said crime would go up. >> no matter what guns, listen, no matter what guns are out there, we have huge loopholes that are allowing dangerous people and you have seen that assault, military assault style weapons are the choice. >> gregg: we have to leave it at that. we are completely out of time. i make you this promise, john and omar, you know the subject matter. this is not a debate going away. we would like to invite you back and we'll do that. >> happy to come back. >> gregg: thanks so much. >> heather: coming up, after a series of delays, secretary of state hillary clinton is set to testify on the deadly terror attack in libya. what can we expect to learn when she goes before congress. >> gregg: looming debt ceiling battle raising concerns that entitlement programs like social security could be in jeopardy. we will take a look at the risk to mill
the nra there, and the head of the nra spoke with candy crowley yesterday. here is a portion of that interview. >> when a president takes all the power of his office, if he's willing to expend political capital, you don't want to make predictions. you don't want to bet your house on the outcome. i would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> you mentioned assault weapons ban, one of the items the vice president mentioned possibly as part of his proposal. you heard what he just said, that coming from the nra. what do you think? >> well, the nra is going to use the muscle that it has used in prior congresses to try and fear, put fear into members' voting decisions, trying to tell them they're going to lose their elections. interestingly enough, in 2008, more recently in 2012, the nra did very poorly in terms of getting their candidates elected. we have got to do what's right for the american people. we shouldn't have a situation where people are afraid to go to a movie, to go -- to take their kids to
and center this week. the vice president meets with house members this morning after talking to the nra, other groups, the media, all that happened over the course of last week, as you know. mr. biden is expected to make his recommendations to the president as early as tomorrow. kelly wright is on this for us this morning live in washington. what can we expect tomorrow, kelly? >> reporter: the vice president is expected to propose tighter controls on sought weapons as well as high-capacity magazines that hold 30 rounds or more plus universal background checks. senator joe manchin a lifelong member of the nra is open to such a plan and would like to see more. >> i would like to hear from them why you need a larger magazine. you can't push the nra and law-abiding gun owners, you have have them at the table. what are their preference protecting that. >> reporter: nra has made it clear it is not in favor of any ban on assault weapons. so the up tense battle on both sides will likely continue, martha. martha: what are we seeing from the nra as what they think will happen on the president's p
until the president's announcement on gun violence. and the nra, taking a hard first strike overnight. very tough, very personal video. it even invokes the president's children. >> calling the president an elitist hypocrite in that ad. it was tough. >>> and we're going to get to the northeast weather in just a moment because it is bad. >>> but let's start with the horrifying helicopter crash in london. it occurred just across the river from the houses of parliament and big ben. abc's lama hasan is live at the site of the crash with more. good morning, lama. >> reporter: you can clearly see the debris. a few hundred yards from the crash scene. the top of the apartment building was covered in fog, it crashed into the crane before plum meting 60 stories and then exploding into flames. sending residents running for their lives. eyewitnesses saw a fireball dropping out of the sky, fearing the worst, another terror attack in london. a helicopter hit a crane in foggy weather, plunging to the ground, causing multiple casualties. with others feared trapped in subway tunnels and burning cars. c
the president of the national rifle sonks. nra and other gun owner groups met yesterday with the vice president. his task force on gun violence. the vp says he will give president obama his recommendations on this by tuesday. the president may be able to take some steps on his own without the okay from congress. wendell goler is on the story from the bottom of the hour live from the white house. what can he do without the congress. >> gun control advocates say he could make sure people who are banned from buying guns are punished of if they try to do so. of the government could check out anyone trying to buy multiple assault rifles like it does for anyone on the border. high capacity magazines or universal background checks. he needs congress. now the nra says we need to look at mental health and the violence in our culture violent video games are the most popular. vice president says it's not clear they are part of the problem it is clear there is not a single solution. >> there is is no silver bullet. one of my friend says no seat belt that you put on to assure that you will not be in this ci
association is vowing the fight of the century to block that. we'll talk to the nra's president coming up. >>> an inside look at scientology. an exclusive interview with oscar winning director and former scientology member paul hagut says he thinks the religion is a cult. the church dismisses him as the hypocrite of hollywood. we'll speak with him and talk to the author of a new book that explores the link between scientology and hollywood. >>> we want to get to breaking news. nbc's nichelle cokosinkski liven london. >> reporter: this has been changing by the moment. first, the report that a number of hostages has escaped. now that algerians have raided the facility and a number of have been killed, including hostages. 41 people held, among them americans, british, norwegians, and they called this retribution for french intervention in neighboring mali against militant there. at this hour scattered reports out of the algerian desert. that large bp gas facility, that a standoff is going on. algerian army has militants and dozens of international hostages surrounded. among them, americans.
the fight of the censure troy block them. we are going to talk to the nra's president. >>> and an inside look at scientology. in an exclusive interview, oscar-winning director and former scientology member, paul haggis, says he thinks the religion is a cult. the church says haggis has not been an active member in years and dismisses him as "the hypocrite of hollywood." we will hear from paul haggis and talk to the author of a new book that explores the ties between scientology and hollywood. but we are going to begin with breaking news what could be dramatic developments in that hostage situation involving americans in algeria. nbc's michelle kosinski has the latest for us in london. michelle, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, savannah. this is changing by the minute. the latest from the associated press, quoting an algerian official, is that at least 20 of these hostages have now been able to escape, including americans. the al qaeda-linked militant group that has claimed responsibility for this say they have been holding 41 hostages, among them, we know americans, british, norwegia
's. >> opponents of the nra are promising a gun battle. >> a new poll suggests that nearly 60-percent of americans want stricter gun laws following last month's deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary. 84-percent who answered the associated press poll want background checks for gun purchases at gun shows. >> oakland's safety committee has unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to hire a safety consultant to help the city's police department combat rising crime. the man they are considering for the job.former los angeles police chief william bratton. dozens of the city's resident voiced concern about the hiring of bratton, due to his seemingly random "frisk and search" policy to combat violent crime. but oakland police chief howard jordan insists that bratton's policies will not interfere with the police department's efforts to build a relationship with the community. >> we do not condone racial profiling. we have worked hard and long to build relationships. i did not want to throw that away. >> the oakland city council is split on whether they should hire bratton. it is expected to make a hiring
, the nra had some harsh words. >> the administration was able to check the box and say they had talked to representatives of the firearms owners and the groups that support the second amendment. >> as those meetings were takes place, another school shooting. this one in a rural school in california. >>> with flu deaths increase in the west, people are getting concerned and rushing to get flu shots. the demand is leading to a vaccine shortage in some areas. >> reporter: the cdc says 128 million doses have been delivered. only 135 million have been made. experts say you can be exposed to the virus six feet away from a person who coughs or sneezes. once you are infected it is easy to pass it on to family and co-workers even before you have symptoms. an adult can be contagious 24 hours before they feel ill and make others sick up to a week afterward. >> reporter: 135 million have >> been made. in addition to a flu shot, doctors recommend frequently cleaning your hands and areas around you. a little perspective on that. on average, a work desk reportedly holds 400 times more than germs tha
back. in a video the n.r.a. goes after the president. >> it is just eat hypocrite. slamming president obama for being skeptical about armed guards in schools while his daughters have required secret service protection. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? >> the white house called the video repugnant. the senate is going to begin working on gun legislation in the next two weeks but president obama said he could not wait. he signed 23 executive orders on gun control that do not require congressional approval. >> a gun buyback program proved to be a huge success in the bay area. 827 weapons were turned in by different people from four counties. they were given $200 a weapon. agoers ran out of money in a few hours. note oh got the most with 277 weapons and san rafael netted 223, central marin had 2306, and marin city 71. another buy back has been scheduled for next monday running from 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at night with weapons dropped off, no questions, at the san rafael police departments and mill valley police department. >> a vote could bring a high profile police co
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